Buffet Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 am
Program: 8:00-9:00 am
With each passing year, cities and towns are faced with increased requirements, under the federal Clean Water Act, to protect and restore water quality in our streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. These mandates require communities to ensure they appropriately operate and maintain stormwater public drainage systems that collect, store, treat, and discharge stormwater runoff in order to reduce water pollution. They must also encourage and require that property owners reduce their impacts on water quality. All while accommodating growth and development, which may require an expansion of the public stormwater management system. The future sustainability of these public systems depends on a steady stream of revenue, which more equitably shares the costs of stormwater management and pollution prevention by tying them directly to the sources of stormwater runoff and pollution. So in response, a stormwater service charge program has been implemented by the City of Portland, similar to other municipalities, in order to fund the required upgrades and on-going maintenance of its stormwater management systems and water quality programs.
Stormwater utilities or service fees are often based on a property’s impervious area and can become substantial for property owners with large building footprints and parking lots. But many municipalities offer credit programs that can reduce the amount a property owner has to pay, providing they implement and maintain stormwater management and pollution prevention systems that reduce the community’s overall cost of meeting its Clean Water Act obligations. This panel discussion will focus on the City of Portland Stormwater Service Charge – why it is needed by the City and what measures property owners can take to qualify for credits. Participants will also learn what fees/credits other municipalities in Maine such as Bangor and Lewiston, and in other areas of the United States have implemented and/or are planning, and hear first-hand how property owners have successfully improved the quality of their stormwater runoff while reducing their stormwater service bills.
Meet our Presenters:
Scott Collins, P.E. – Managing Principal and Senior Engineer at St.Germain Collins
Scott Collins has 25 years of engineering and compliance experience in the United States and Canada. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Maine and New Hampshire with expertise in commercial and industrial facility engineering and permitting, Brownfields site development and environmental assessments and remediation. At St.Germain Collins – an environmental, EHS compliance, and engineering firm in Westbrook, Maine – Scott oversees all business operations in addition to actively managing projects. He has helped multiple land owners in Portland successfully earn stormwater credits for existing structural controls on developed property.
Douglas A. Roncarati, Jr. – Stormwater Program Coordinator at City of Portland, Maine
Doug has a background in open space, conservation and environmental planning. Doug earned a Master’s degree in Community Planning & Development, with a focus on land use and the environment, from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. He began his career with the City of Portland, Maine in 2003 as an intern with the Parks & Recreation Department, conducting a variety of parks-related inventories and providing technical support to the Portland Land Bank Commission. In 2004 he was hired by the Department of Public Services as an Associate Engineer, where he participated in several mapping efforts including an island E911 address project and a stormwater outfall, storm drain and sewer mapping project. Doug is currently serving as the City’s Stormwater Program Coordinator, which includes administration of the MS4 Permit program, watershed planning and water resources protection. He also recently joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Presumpscot River. In his free time Doug enjoys birding, gardening, nature photography, snow sculpting, fantasy/science fiction activities and routing for local sports teams.
Brian DesMarais – Area Environmental Protection Manager for Waste Management
Brian DesMarais is the Area Environmental Protection Manager for Waste Management in New England and Upstate New York. Since 2006, Brian has utilized his expertise in multi-media environmental compliance to support WM collection, disposal, and recycling operations with environmentally protective strategies for managing storm water, groundwater, air, solid waste, hazardous waste, and storage tanks. In addition to federal, state, and local regulatory compliance, Brian works to advance WM’s environmental stewardship goals, including developing wildlife habitat protection and enhancement programs at company facilities. Prior to coming to Waste Management, Brian spent more than 10 years as an environmental consultant assisting clients with site assessment, remediation, multi-media facility compliance, and development of data collection and management solutions. Brian graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Geological Sciences, and is a New Hampshire licensed Professional Geologist. He lives in York, Maine, and is an avid mountain biker and hiker.
Justin Pellerin, P.E. – Stormwater Project Engineer with The City of Portland Maine’s Public Works Department
Justin Pellerin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine in Orono in 2011. Justin has been working with the City for nearly a year and half as a stormwater engineer helping implement the City's new stormwater utility and working on the design of green infrastructure and sewer separation projects throughout the City. Prior to working for the City, Justin worked as an assistant engineer at FST in South Portland with a primary focus on stormwater management design and permitting. Justin just recently became a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and has a primary interest in stormwater hydrology, applied hydraulics and green infrastructure design.